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Should You Choose Framed Or Frameless Glass Pool Fencing?

Should You Choose Framed Or Frameless Glass Pool Fencing?

You may have settled on glass for your pool fencing, but it’s important to understand that the decisions are far from over – do you want a framed or a frameless look? As both look amazing and comply with legislation regarding access to the pool area, it can be difficult to determine which one will best meet your needs. In this article, we have taken a closer look at both options to help you reach a final decision that you love.

The more traditional option, framed fencing consists of standard panes of glass that are held in place by stainless steel posts. These posts are embedded deep into the ground to ensure that they remain in place. Often, the frame is installed prior to the glass being slid into the place to prevent breakage – only then is the top bar installed and the whole thing secured. Whilst you’re provided with a good view into and out of the area, it’s still a little obstructed.

The more contemporary option, many homeowners prefer frameless glass pool fencing because it offers the illusion that there aren’t any barriers at all. It consists of large panes of extra strong glass that are held in place by stainless steel spigots. The spigots are generally cemented into the ground or drilled deep into the surrounding surface (if it’s concrete). There may be small gaps between the panes, but none large enough for a child to fit through.

So, which of these styles should you choose? This can be a really difficult question to answer, as both options are strong and durable. They’re also fairly comparable when it comes to price, so this isn’t much help either. More often than not, the decision comes down to a matter of personal opinion. Some homeowners really love the seamlessness of frameless fencing, whilst others prefer the rigidity of the framed one.

But are these your only options? Believe it or not, there is another type of glass fencing that you could choose to invest in…

This type of fencing offers the best of both worlds. It consists of a stainless steel frame only around the sides of the glass – the top and bottom are left completely free. This eliminates any gaps between the panes (which can be attractive for children to try and squeeze through), as well as helping to open up your views a lot more. This option is also similar in price to both framed and frameless, so there is no glaring discrepancies between them.

Now that we’ve thrown semi-framed into the mix, reaching a final decision is harder than ever. It all comes down to the same thing, however – personal preference. Think carefully about the look you’re going for, not only with your swimming pool area but with your home as a whole. Take a look at the surrounding pool landscape – some of the trends that you notice can go a long way towards helping you make a final choice.

Once you have reached a decision between framed, semi-framed and frameless glass pool fencing, it’s time to speak with your chosen contractor about your decision. It is important to understand, however, that certain situations can mean that one or more types of fencing are unsuitable. In these cases, your contractor will be able to outline some alternatives that will meet the needs of the situation and explain why your choice isn’t necessarily a good one.